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Reopening Texas: How to handle reintegrating after the pandemic

If you're not ready to go to a salon or eat out yet, wellness experts say that is okay. Here's advice to make the transition easier.

BEAUMONT, Texas — Some Southeast Texans may not be ready to go to a salon or eat out at a favorite restaurant. 

Wellness experts said that is okay. Here is some advice on making the transition easier. 

67 percent of Americans still feel uncomfortable going to retail stores and nearly 80 percent are wary of dining out. Mental health experts said there is no right or wrong way to navigate the new waters. 

Many viewers have written to 12News concerned about people not wearing face coverings when out in public or not following social distancing rules. Others are still worried about contracting the virus from those who don't show symptoms. 

When it comes to peace of mind, you should avoid mental overload. That means do regular check-ins and get updates on the latest information, then step away from your devices and focus on you. 

You're also encouraged to stay active, enjoying time outdoors with social distancing in place. If you feel overwhelmed, call a friend or loved one. If you need a doctor, seek help. 

"Each of us will do this in a slightly different way, and there's no right or wrong way to do this," medical lifestyle expert Dr. Eudene Harry said. 

Governor Greg Abbott also pointed out that his new orders are permission to reopen but not a requirement to reopen. 

If you are ready to get out there, make sure you continue to use precautions. Wash your hands and avoid touching your face and gathering in large groups. 

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